Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra

Death Valley National; Park & the Owens Valley, CA

February 14-19, 2019 | $1,895.00 $500 deposit due at registration

The Eastern Sierra and Death Valley, a landscape of extremes. From the highest point in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney to the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America, Badwater Basin, this workshop will visit some of North America's most spectacular scenery from massive sand dunes, alien like playa's, granite arches, multi-colored badlands and rugged mountain ranges reaching towards the heavens.

We will be traveling around both Death Valley National Park and the spine of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Kurt and Joe will be there every step of the way with expert guidance in the best locations during the best light, helping you along your creative and technical journey toward making the images you’ve always dreamed of.


We will be out shooting and exploring during sunrise and sunset to ensure we find the best conditions. During daytime hours we will have classroom time where we will focus on photography concepts and techniques.

  • Image Design

  • Digital Darkroom

  • Image Critiques


  • Day 1: Meet and greet and opening slideshow presentation beginning at 2pm in Furnace Creek, Death Valley N.P.. Afternoon/sunset shoot in the park

  • Day 2: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field).

  • Day 3: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field)

  • Day 4: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours), breakfast as a group. Check out of hotel and commute to Lee Vining, CA (3.5 hour drive). Check into hotel. Afternoon/sunset shoot.

  • Day 5: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours), clients will need to check out of rooms before departing for sunrise, 2 hour drive to Lone Pine after sunrise, afternoon post processing, afternoon/sunset shoot.

  • Day 6: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours), afternoon classroom critique and post processing session, late afternoon/sunset shoot (approximately 3 hours). Workshop ends after sunset.

Physical Difficulty

There will be no strenuous hiking involved during the workshop and most locations will be close to the road. Some locations, however may involve a short hike of 1 mile with no serious elevation gains. We will be spending a lot of time outdoors shooting in winter conditions. Daytime temperatures in the desert during winter can vary quite widely. It’s imperative that participants be prepared for outdoor winter recreation, lots of warm layers, hats, mittens, good outerwear and warm boots are a must. A modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.

Accommodations & Travel

The nearest airport is Las Vegas International Airport. The drive from Las Vegas Airport to Furnace Creek, CA is approximately 2.5 hours and from Lone Pine, CA (our ending location) back to Las Vegas is approximately 4 hours. We recommend clients fly in on February 13th and fly out on February 31st allowing ample time to commute to and from the workshop starting and ending locations.

A high clearance SUV with all wheel drive/4x4 is recommended for this workshop due to possible winter road conditions and some off road driving to remote locations.

Clients will need to make reservations at these hotels on these nights. (Hotel Information TBD)


A non-refundable deposit of 500.00 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of this workshop. There is no refund after the final payment has been made (unless we can fill your spot). Please see our cancellation policy for more detailed information.

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